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North American Supergrid – Electrifying Our Future Launch

On November 29th, 2017, Climate Institute hosted a speaker event in to launch the North American Supergrid Initiative.  This event introduced stakeholders, partners, students, and interested individuals to the initiative and highlighted work completed thus far. Please see the...

Rachel Levine

Speaker 4: Rachel Levine Current Chief Engineer for the Climate Institute. Ms. Levine will speak on the practical implementation considerations of constructing the North American Supergrid, including environmental siting mechanisms and case study vision for pilot projects.

Charlie Bayless

Speaker 3: Charlie Bayless Former CEO of Tucson Electric Power and Illinois Power Company. Mr. Bayless will speak on the opportunities for economic growth and increased national security derived from the North American Supergrid, including job creation, protection against...

Betsy Beck

Speaker 2: Betsy Beck Current Director of Transmission Policy at the American Wind Energy Association. Ms. Beck will speak on positive impacts the North American Supergrid will have on distributed energy generation infrastructure and the potential mitigation of climate...

Dr. Alexander MacDonald

Speaker 1: Dr. Alexander MacDonald Former leader of NOAA’s largest research laboratory Dr. MacDonald will be speaking on the state of our current electric grid, the need for the North American Supergrid, and will introduce the overall benefits of...

Acknowledgements

For decades, the Climate Institute has fostered the development of emerging leaders in the environmental movement by providing unique opportunities for innovation, project management, and creativity. The North American Supergrid Initiative is an outstanding example of this vision, and...

Areas of further study

Building upon the research described in this publication, our team has identified several additional tasks that will further refine each area of research included in this document as we continue to study the challenges and benefits of the NAS:...

Studies

The North American Supergrid is a proposed nodal high voltage direct current (HVDC), largely underground transmission network that would extend across the lower 48 states, thus creating a national electricity market. The Supergrid would create a resilient backbone to...

Overview

The United States has vast resources of renewable energy: wind energy on the Great Plains and in the Midwest, solar energy in the Southwest, geothermal energy in the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin, and hydropower in the Northwest and...

Economic advantages and financial feasibility

Lead author: Justin Svenson Co-authors: Erik Bluvas, John McCaffrey, Adriana Pietras, Anthony Portillo, Ali Saboowala, John Sines   The purpose of this chapter is twofold: to get more detailed accounts of the benefits of the NAS (NAS or the...